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Why Do Beans Make You Fart?

Baked beans image via Shutterstock Beans, beans, the musical fruit. The more you eat, the more you toot. But don’t blame your flatulence on the poor legumes directly. The blame lies instead with the loads of little critters teeming in your gut. Once you mash a bowl of barbecue baked beans into a fine mush in your [...]

What Lives in a Cubic Foot of the Mo’orea Tropical Forest?

Photo: David Littschwager/National Geographic Just what live in a cubic foot in the tropical forest of Mo’orea, French Polynesia? You’d be surprised at the biodiversity: National Geographic photographer David Liittschwager photographed this Metrosiderous tree and all 58 species he found crawling, flying, or taking root in it. He and a team of scientists accounted for 49 arthropods, [...]

Slime Mold Packs Own Bacteria Lunch to Colonize New Areas

The amoeba species Dictyostelium discoideum slime mold (or dicty, as scientists lovingly call it) is one fascinating organism. For instance, its life cycle involves unicellular amoeba, then a multicellular slug that scoots around to find food, then a “fruiting body” to disperse spores to new growing areas. Scientists have just discovered that the slime mold is [...]